In our culture today, the focus has shifted from marriage to career. Nowadays, people are more dedicated to finding a steady job they enjoy and making their way up the corporate ladder before they are ready to start looking for someone to settle down with. The shift has lead us to a large number of single professionals hungry for opportunities in both their professional and love lives. As a result, networking events are popping up more frequently and have become a hidden secret for single professionals looking to connect with people, whether it’s for professional or personal reasons. Many singles feel more comfortable about these kinds of events because of the more classy setting. Here are just a few reasons why you should try it out!
2 birds, 1 stone
At a networking event, you’re likely to meet people who can help you out professionally, whether it’s a new client, new potential employer, or even an expert in your field. You’re also likely to meet someone who is career focused like yourself. Whether you meet both types of people or only one type, your time is not wasted.
Looking for prospective dates in a bar can be nerve racking because of the pressure of hitting on someone in front of both your friends. At networking events, everyone in attendance is there for the sole purpose of meeting and connecting with other people. Knowing this takes a little pressure off of you because you don’t have to worry about whether or not someone is interested in talking to you – everyone is interested in talking to you. Keep that in mind and it should make approaching others much easier. Since everyone there will be wearing nametags, striking up a conversation with someone who has an interesting name or works at a company you have heard of is an easy way to break the ice. Also, if you meet someone you’re interested in, you can easily ask if they have a business card, which is much easier than asking for a number at a bar.
In order to entice more and more people to attend, these events are usually set up in popular places around town. Not only does it give you an excuse to try out that cool new restaurant you’ve been hearing about, but you can also count on indulging on great hors d’oeuvres and happy hour drink specials.
If nothing else, you’ll walk away from one of these networking events with a few more professional contacts and hopefully a couple romantic prospects.
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